February 27, 2017

Märzen / Oktoberfest

Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring, and began again in the fall. Most were brewed in March (Märzen). These brews were kept in cold storage over the spring and summer months, or brewed at a higher gravity, so they’d keep. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.

The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies'n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains roughly 5.0-6.0% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style.

Dogtoberfest Marzen

B / 3.3
Dogtoberfest Marzen

The origins of Dogtoberfest are shrouded in mystery, but scholars think it has everything to do with an insane German king and a crazed Oompah band. Dogtoberfest is deep mahogany in color with an intriguing caramel finish and brewed with 100% imported German ingredients for a true German flavor.

Plato: 14
Specialty Malts: Vienna, Munich 90, Munich 100, Light Munich
Hops: German Perle, Hersbrucker
Process: 100% imported German ingredients for an authentic flavor

Left Hand Oktoberfest

A- / 4.1
Left Hand Oktoberfest

Left Hand starts brewing this in the Spring and it takes a full two months to reach lagered perfection. Biscuity, malty goodness dominates upfront while the noble pedigree hops lend a properly spicy, dry finish.

Style: Marzen Lager
Color: Copper, 21 SRM
Body: Medium
Plato: 16°
Malts: Munich and Pilsner
Hops: Magnum and Spalter Select

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

B- / 3.1
Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor.

The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter.

Flavor: Smooth with a deep malt complexity. Lightly hopped for a smooth sweet finish.
Color: Deep red amber
Original Gravity: 13.6° Plato
Alcohol by Wt: 4.1%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 183
Malt Varieties: Two-row Harrington and Metcalfe pale malts, Munich-10, Moravian, and Caramel 60
Hop Varieties: Tettnang Tettnanger and Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops
Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast
Availability: Seasonal (August – October)
First Brewed: 1989